This collection contains over 75 films for use in the AP United States History course. The resources for Units 8 and 9 are separated by topic.

Pre-1900 (Periods 4-6):

The films and lessons in this section focus on two political party conventions of the 1800s and an essential period of indigenous history that began during westward expansion and continued for more than a century.

The Birth of Party Conventions: the Anti-Masonic Party (1831)

Election of 1860: Slavery Splits the Democrats

Schools Built on Secrets: Understanding Boarding Schools for Native Americans

Period 7: 1890-1945:

These resources will help students examine political controversies of the early 1900s along with aspects of the New Deal and World War II.

1912 Republican Convention: TR Starts the Bull Moose Party

1924 Democratic Convention: Tension Over Immigration

Whites-Only Suburbs: How the New Deal Shut Out Black Homebuyers

Labor Union Activism: Advocating for Worker Rights

What Jesse Owens’s Story Tells Us About Sports and Politics – Mini Lesson

How a 1944 Supreme Court Ruling on Internment Camps Led to a Reckoning

Period 8: 1945-1980 Topic 8.2, The Cold War from 1945-1980

Diplomatic, economic, cultural, and military interactions between empires, nations, and peoples shape the development of America and America’s increasingly important role in the world.

The Cold War: From the Truman Doctrine to the Berlin Airlift

The Korean War

The Cold War Space Race

Topic 8.3 The Red Scare

Films aligned with this topic focus on the actions and legacy of Joseph McCarthy and his crusade to expose suspected or imagined communists.

McCarthyism: Populism and the Press

‘No’ on Impeachment Unites Today’s GOP. In the 1950s, a Renegade Dared to Break Ranks – Mini Lesson

Topics 8.7 & 8.8 America as a World Power and the Vietnam War

These resources center on the emergence of Cold War flashpoints and debates.

Atomic Fears and the Arms Race: Nuclear Testing

The Arab-Israeli War: America’s Role

Cuban Missile Crisis

Vietnam War: Agent Orange

Topic 8.9 The Great Society

These films and lessons examine Lyndon Johnson’s election as president and the ensuing midterm to provide context for the changing political dynamic in the country.

1964 Republican Convention: Chaos & Conservatism

Midterm Elections: 1966 Midterms Signal a Realignment, Shaping Today’s Parties

Topic 8.10 The African American Civil Rights Movement

This portion of the collection will help students examine the causes, methods, triumphs and limitations of the African American Civil Rights Movement.

The Geography of Racism: Housing Policy

Dr. Martin Luther King at Gee’s Bend

Poll Watchers and the Long History of Voter Intimidation

Protests For Racial Justice: A Long History

Brown v. Board of Ed and Busing Promised Integration. Why Are Schools Still Segregated?

The Civil Rights Movement: Black Power and Sports

Topic 8.11 The Civil Rights Movement Expands

These resources center the experiences of women, indigenous, Asian American, Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities in their fight for political power.

From Women’s Suffrage to the ERA

Suffrage for Black Women

Second Wave Feminism, the Equal Rights Amendment and Phyllis Schlafly

Vincent Chin and Asian American Civil Rights

Transgender Rights, Won Over Decades, Face New Restrictions

The Indian Child Welfare Act

The 1968 L.A. School Walkouts

Topic 8.13 The Environment and Natural Resources from 1968 to 1980

Geographic and environmental factors, including competition over and debates about natural resources, shaped public policy and social movements.

Love Canal and the Environmental Protection Agency

The Roots of Recycling

The End of the Cold War: Nuclear Winter

The Birth of the Environmental Movement: DDT and Rachel Carson

Nuclear Power: From Three Mile Island to Fukushima

Topic 8.14 Society in Transition

Debates in American social, political, and economic life shaped government policy, institutions, political parties, and the rights of citizens.

Political Debates and the Kennedy-Nixon Debate

Conspiracy Theories: From JFK’s Assassination to Today

Watts Uprising and the Militarization of Policing

1968 Democratic National Convention: The Mess in Chicago

Presidents v. Press: How the Pentagon Papers Leak Set Up First Amendment Showdowns

How Watergate and Citizens United Shaped Campaign Finance Law

George C. Wallace and the Politics of Segregation

The War on Drugs: The New Face of Heroin

Extremism, ISIS and the Doomsday Cults of the 1970s

Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets – Mini Lesson

Jimmy Carter and the Rise of Evangelical Voters

1976 Republican Convention: Ford vs Reagan

Period 9: 1980-Present Topic 9.2 Reagan and Conservatism

The emergence of Ronald Reagan and a successful brand of conservative politics influenced the political, social and economic changes of this time period. Some of these resources extend beyond Reagan’s time in office, but were heavily influenced by conservative politics.

Why Supreme Court Confirmations Have Become So Bitter

Why We Can’t Have a Civil Conversation About Guns

Emergence of the AIDS Crisis

Midterm Elections: How 1994 Midterms Set Off an Era of Divisive Politics

Public Policy: Welfare Reform

The Clinton Presidency: “Zero Tolerance”

Topic 9.3 The End of the Cold War

The films and lessons aligned with this topic focus on the legacy of Cold War policies, both foreign and domestic.

The Cold War and the Nuclear Weapons Threat

The Space Race: The Challenger Tragedy

The Cold War in Latin America: Massacre in El Salvador

Dictators and Civil Wars: The Cold War in Latin America

Reagan: Foreign Policy and a Story from Central America (El Salvador)

Topic 9.5 Migration and Immigration in the 1990s and 2000s

New sets of push and pull factors shaped immigration to the United States and influenced both economic and cultural debates.

Immigration in the 1990s: Proposition 187

How the U.S. Has Treated Wartime Refugees

Sanctuary Cities: An Uproar That Began Long Ago – Mini Lesson

Topic 9.6 Challenges of the 21st Century

At the turn of the century, the United States faced external threats from terrorist groups and internal challenges to disaster response and democratic institutions.

Campaigns and Elections: The 2000 Election

9/11 Heroes: Surviving the Biggest Attack on U.S. Soil

How the Military Response to 9/11 Led to Two Decades of War in Afghanistan

Aftermath of the War on Terror

Why the Supreme Court Endorsed, Then Limited Affirmative Action

2004 Democratic Convention: The Importance of the Keynote Speech

Hurricane Katrina and Disaster Response – Mini Lesson

The Minneapolis Bridge Collapse

Extremism in America

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